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July 31, 1943

DIAGNOSTIC TIME SAVERS FOR OVERWORKED PHYSICIANS

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ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Division of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1943;122(14):933-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840310025007

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Abstract

For the duration most of the physicians left to care for the civilian population are going to be terribly overworked. Already many are carrying a killing load; the older men who used to have assistants are now back to taking histories, and many are having trouble because so many of the roentgenologists and laboratory workers who used to help them with their diagnoses have gone to war. More and more, then, the physician who just cannot get around to see all the persons who call for him in a day will have to attend first to those who appear to be seriously ill; he will have to try to make diagnoses as quickly as possible and with the minimum of help from others, and he will have to try to recognize immediately and dismiss quickly all those many chronic complainers and psychopathic worriers who would love to take up much

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